Definitely agree with Cam on Dickel in recent years. I get pronounced "vitamins" notes, with a thinnish body. I want to like it more but...
About 10 years ago, Dickel #8 used to be a house pour at one of the bars at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast. It was just after I started getting serious about Bourbon and American Whiskey and my pallet was still developing, but I remember it having an "oily" almost sweet "butter-milk" like quality that I really enjoyed. I definately don't get that in any of the recent Dickel I've tried.
I like JD, both the black and the gentleman jack. Nothing exceptional just a reliable easy drinking whiskey I enjoy with friends at the backward ass bars we frequent. Had the single barrel a few years ago and from what I remember it was a few steps above the black label. I do think their whiskey is over priced but when I find myself with a little extra cash I plan on buying a private bottling of the SB to add to my bar.
I have found the limited military released JDSB bottles to be much better than the standard liquor store bottles. I like to believe they hand pick these before selling to the fine folks protecting our country. Friends in or retired from the military have been generous to purchase or share a couple bottles with me.
Sounds good Thad, I look forward to it, thanks.
I think while over priced it is good for what it is. Lets face it, this is a bourbon that capitalizes on the JD name, as a decent SB offering at a upper moderate price point to imply excellence / prestige. While much like Johnnie Walker Blue this is not a great QPR buy but, it is decent juice and sometimes the Barrels can be quite tasty. While not a go to I have no problems with it and usually enjoy the experience.
I'm a big fan of JD single barrel. Currently I place among my almost favorite whiskeys, that includes EC12, Weller 12, and Woodford Reserve. I love the rich sweetness, just right for me in the two different bottles I tried, and for me it has a terrific mouth feel. I bought them on sale for $31, and I think it is at least worth that.
I thought it was interesting that in a Jeff Arnett interview not that long ago, he said considerably more of the barrel flavor enters the whiskey than for Jack Daniels Black Label, due to exclusive selection from barrels from high up in the rackhouse. So it is a richer whiskey due to this exposure to greater heat in the top of the warehouse. You can taste the difference and still each barrel differs. I find Silver Select the least barrely among this group, perhaps the higher proof somehow makes it seem less oaky, you taste the ethanol before the wood, perhaps...